NUJ Condemns Treatment of Members By DSS
By Ene Okon
The Nigerian Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has condemned the Department of State Services for assaulting journalists and destroying their gadgets during a protest calling for the release of Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.
In a statement by Chairman of the council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, the NUJ described as unfortunate and deeply troubling the conduct of operatives of the DSS against journalists that had gone to cover a protest.
Ogbeche noted that from reports and videos from members who were on ground to cover a sit-out at the SSS Headquarters in Abuja, it could be seen that they were harassed, intimidated, tear-gassed and even arrested and detained.
He said this speaks to a more sinister and perilous time to be a journalist in Nigeria. The NUJ Chairman, however, urged journalists not to be intimidated by the DSS and government in trying to discharge their responsibilities to Nigerians.